Affordable housing exists in L.A. Check out these tours


week after state legislators sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills to address California’s lack of affordable housing, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host two tours highlighting low-cost housing in South L.A. and Hollywood.

The first tour, Single-Family Solutions in South L.A., on Sept. 23 will include several versions of Prototype – A True Starter Home designed to be built for less than $200,000 by Lehrer Architects, and the IVRV House designed by SCI-Arc students in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

The idea behind such designs is “to take simple ideas and express them in the culture of the neighborhood,” Los Angeles architect Michael Lehrer told The Times in 2014. “It’s the notion of elevating the everyday: How do you use space? How do you leverage the sky and natural light and orchestrate open space so there is a real sense of luxury? You want it to be both fresh and respectful. It’s a very powerful modernist idea.”

The second tour, Hollywood/Leaders in Multi-Unit Dwellings on Sept. 26, will include the 66-unit Selma Community Housing designed by Abode Communities|Architecture and Step Up on Vine, a 43-unit permanent supportive housing community designed by Egan | Simon Architecture for individuals who are homelessness and experiencing mental health issues.

The tours are self-guided, but architects and designers will be on hand to discuss their work at each home.


What: AIA|LA Affordable Housing Tour No. 1: Single Family Solutions in South L.A.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23